found bound in hanky panky play
Reports say he was able to identify himself to police only after a rubber ball had been removed from his mouth.
A foreign ministry official described Ambassador Tzuriel Refael's behaviour as an unprecedented embarrassment.
The incident, which happened
two weeks ago, has renewed calls for a radical overhaul of the way
“We're talking about behaviour that is unbecoming of a diplomat,” said a foreign ministry spokeswoman.
He was being recalled, although he had not broken any laws, foreign ministry spokeswoman Zehavit Ben-Hillel told reporters.
She confirmed that lurid reports of the incident in the Israeli press were accurate.
"We're talking about behaviour that is unbecoming of a diplomat," she said.
Haaretz website reports that police found Mr Refael in the Israeli embassy compound where he had been found bound, gagged and naked and with sado-masochistic sex accessories.
The state comptroller's report singled out the foreign ministry appointments committee for its inadequate examination of candidates and lack of transparency.